This Saturday, the WWE will air Wrestlemania on NBC! Well, kinda. For the past few years, the WWE creates a Wrestlemania special that airs on broadcast television, usually NBC. Why should you watch this special when you’ve already seen Wrestlemania (Live or via Pay Per View), purchased the DVD (or Blu-Ray), and flipped through our photos from not only that day but also Wrestlemania Weekend? Well, … because.
The Wrestlemania Special is like a Wrestlemania Remix. Matches and moments are shown primarily in music video format: jump cuts and multiple angles of the action set to today’s hits. We see a fragment of this at the WWE’s major Pay Per Views, like the Wrestlemania 28 video set to fun.’s “We Are Young.” The videos for the Wrestlemania Special, though, tend to incorporate outside the box pairings. For The Undertaker vs. Triple H match at Wrestlemania 27, for example, the WWE used Katy Perry’s “E.T.” for Taker’s entrance.
On the surface, the pairing of the California Girl and the Man from Death Valley seems hilariously illogical. When examining the lyrics, though, it starts to make more sense. The first verse:
could easily be the running narration in the minds of Taker’s opponents at Wrestlemania. Other lyrics include words like “supernatural” and “transcendental,” not uncommon descriptions for The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania performances; his 21 – 0 undefeated Streak at the WWE’s biggest Pay Per View has become the stuff of legend, enough to suspect that The Undertaker is an extraterrestrial.
It’s either that or the WWE couldn’t get the rights to use Johnny Cash’s “Ain’t No Grave,” the theme The Undertaker used at Wrestlemania 27. Maybe they chose Katy Perry’s “E.T.” because she sings “ta-ta-take.” Either way, kudos to the WWE’s editing department that brilliantly set the Deadman’s entrance to this pop hit.
What will they do for this year’s Wrestlemania Special? What theme will they use for The Undertaker this time. Will his inevitable fate with Taylor Swift finally come to fruition? Only one way to find out.